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    Robert Dykes

    Honestly asking what bikes do they even make domestically anymore? As far as I know just about ALL Honda motorcycle production has moved overseas. Heck... even the new Honda NSX is made in Ohio, USA.

    Posted in: Honda resumes full production at quake-hit motorcycle plant

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    Robert Dykes

    "May be other students will learn to chew their food instead of biting and swallowing without macerating their food."

    Almost 10 people a DAY die from choking on food. Accidents happen.

    Posted in: 10-year-old girl chokes to death on frankfurter

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    Robert Dykes

    Uhhh... This is kinda a childhood dream to see them in concert. Its Japan, tickets will sell out in 3 seconds. They have a 45$ "fan club" you can join to get pre-sale. But they can sell out too. So no guarantee you get tickets that way either. doushio

    Posted in: Guns N' Roses extends reunion tour to Japan, Australia

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    Robert Dykes

    Well... If Japan made good pizza I would not have to buy it from Costco (imported). If Japan made good video games that did not cost 10,000 yen I would not have to import them for 45$ from Amazon in the USA. If Japan made decent TVs that were not overpriced I would not own a Korean made LG tv (which is reviewed higher than ANY Japanese made tv on the market). Lets see... Smart phones. Only two choices there. American designed chinese made iphone or Korean Galaxy. The list goes on and on and on. Make better stuff and make it cheaper. Japan loves Japan stuff and buys it up, but in the ten years I have been here I have noticed more and more every facet of Japan manufacturing catering more to the Japanese market and less and less to the what the rest of the world wants to buy. Cars are a perfect example, outside of the Japan no one wants to buy these boring utilitarian boxes that EVERY car manufacturer now produces in the millions.That is perfectly fine if you want to keep exports nice and low. Just like in Japanese politics, Japan is turning inwards again. More people and companies want the USA out, nationalism is on the rise. When you turn inwards, do you really think exports are going to succeed? Its a no brainer fellas. There is a reason Meji was a rocking awesome time in Japan, Sakoku came to an end. But hey, lets fight to bring Sakoku back and then whine about the consequences.

    Posted in: Japan's trade shrinks in July; exports sink 14%

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    Robert Dykes

    This should be bigger headlines! I don't even like baseball but this guy is amazing!

    Only 30 people out of 18,000 MLB players have hit more than 3,000. First Japanese player in the MLB to ever accomplish this.

    Posted in: Ichiro gets 3,000th career hit in major leagues

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    Robert Dykes

    The new teaser trailer is out and the CGI is horrible! What a shame. The swtiche over to a CGI Star Trek at the tail end of DS9 and in Voyager and people didn't even realize. In the new remaster of TNG everything is beefed up with CGI if not completly redone with CGI and it looks 100 times better. The Discovery trailer is on par with Babylon 5 CGI.

    Posted in: New 'Star Trek' series to be called 'Discovery'

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    Robert Dykes

    "robberies, traffic accidents and other mishaps". I get that these things may be P-Go related, but guess what? They happen anyway. People who don't have the common sense to not play a cellphone game while driving are not going to pay any heed to a PSA.

    Go outside, be social and get some exercise and some much needed vitamin D or..... sit inside for anothe 10 years getting fat.

    P-go is not my thing, but I think it is fantastic. That group of kids who lured and robbed some P-go players... seriously, they would have come up with some other dumb idea to rob somebody.

    I honestly can't think of any true drawbacks to this exploding cultural phenomenon. The only PSA they need is "common sense, use some"... but honestly y'all, Japan kinda needs that anyway with people reading the newspaper while driving, biking with an umbrella in one hand and phone in the other, running red lights, and never looking when crossing the street.

    Posted in: Gov't kicks off safety campaign ahead of Pokemon Go launch in Japan

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    Robert Dykes

    "I bought a house outside Japan 12 years ago ;the price has risen by 10% , as I also rented it out! I'll bank the profits next year by selling it.

    Simple!"

    Simple? You are in the minority. Every homeowner I know in Japan has explained to me how much their house instantly depreciates.

    Just heard a fellow professor say he lived in his house 7 of the last 20 years. Houses in Japan are financial death sentences for most. or unless you need the space, i could not imagine a worst "investment". In the USA unless you stay in one place for 5 years or longer, houses are no the investment they used to be.

    The New York Times has an excellent calculator to determine if you should rent or buy. It has plenty of variables you can enter. I think most would be surprised that renting is often the more financially secure option.

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html?_r=1

    Posted in: No retiree left behind: Japan turns to riskier DIY pensions

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    Robert Dykes

    "almost all working-age Japanese to join private defined-contribution retirement plans"

    Just not those of us working for a University (private and public) or public schools. Like 95% of us.

    If I understand this article correctly, they are referring to the J-401k, which is not really like the IRA in the USA at all, it molded after the British system (sorry the name escapes me).

    As of this year, koumuin still can not open a 401-k account, and this includes employees of private and public universities. If you are an American, there are a few other confusing caveats you need to look up yourself because I am far from an expert. But while J-citizens can invents in what ever they want, Americans will get double taxed if you invest in American held stocks and secruites so you have to stick to Japanese stocks (not a deal breaker but its best to diversify) and foreign held mutual and index funds are super heavily taxed for US citizens.

    I think the law has already passed, but will not be enacted until sometime next year that will allow university employees to invest in a j-401k. But its still not that great Americans. If you have a j-souse, its probably best to open a NISA and/or J-401k in their name if you are an American. If you move back to the USA and get them a green card, things get complicated again as they are not under IRS/USA tax law like you.

    Posted in: No retiree left behind: Japan turns to riskier DIY pensions

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    Robert Dykes

    Any of that stimulus pack going to enter my NISA account?

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    Robert Dykes

    IMHO the only decent J-TV is the VERY few educational programs. Otherwise I see zero reason to force yourself to watch the other J-drama and J-comedy (variety) shows. Its hard enough to find decent shows from the USA!

    G.O.T. FTW!

    Posted in: The key to loving Japanese TV if you're a foreigner

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    Robert Dykes

    JP post ROCKS! Seriously. 100 times better than USA post office.

    Posted in: Japan Post embarrassed after passerby spots open post box in Chiba

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    Robert Dykes

    "Just how much longer do you think it is going to take? It's been over 70 years"

    We have all heard it 100000 times before. The rule of law in Japan is "the nail that sticks up gets hammered down". Look how hard it is to change things in western culture even when we have loud screaming voices standing together. So unless whatever group, women in this case, ALL stand up with a MUCH MUCH louder voice or the Emperor himself comes down from his palace and states explicitly, I think we are going to see a very very very gradual change. It will, sadly, be another 70 years.

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    Robert Dykes

    " on suspicion of possessing stimulant drugs and marijuana" You know.... much of the time I hate that Japan is so strict and rigid on things like this and I used to feel that Japan just needs to lighten up and live a little.... But then I look at Brexit and I look at the Trump vs. H. Clinton nonsene in the USA. Japan looks so level headed and sane right now it isn't even funny.

    "2 grams of marijuana." In all seriousness, I am pretty sure most american college students have more weed than this stuck to the bottom of their shoes.

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    Robert Dykes

    Its no secret. The larger the world becomes the more segregated it becomes.

    Posted in: Asian central banks, policymakers wade in to calm markets after Brexit vote

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    Robert Dykes

    I'm all for minimalism. Just go all digital :)

    CD's and DVDs and real books are so 90's.

    Posted in: Less is more as Japanese minimalist movement grows

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    Robert Dykes

    Message from Japan Inc: Sorry its so hot, it's not the last week of June, so we still can't turn the AC on in your office.

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    Robert Dykes

    This starts off at the beginning of their social upbringing. I used to teach in public school system in Japan. Boys and girls treated each other like Ebola victims. In Jr. High it was 100% impossible to get a girl and boy to even talk if they were in a pair or group. In High school it was marginally better. Ever since I stepped foot in Japan, what seems like a segregation of the sexes, has always baffled me.

    Posted in: 34% of Japanese men afraid of their female colleagues, according to recent poll

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    Robert Dykes

    "“After tasting humans, the bear may have learned it can eat us.” I have read this is 100% BS. An old wives tale that continues to get passed around as fact.

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    Robert Dykes

    I can hear it now. The theme song for millennials: KMFDM's "Apathy"

    Posted in: Mobilizing 18- and 19-year-old voters a challenge

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